Not everyone is thrilled that the Argonauts have signed Ricky Williams. This should come as no surprise. Williams has caused many headaches within the Miami Dolphins as well as the National Football League.
Many such as Joe Theismann, have voiced their concerns. Theismann, a former Argo and Washington Redskin, stated that what Toronto has done is an absolute disgrace to the sport of football. In an interview with the FAN 590, Thiesmann expressed a deep sense of embarrassment for playing with the same team that has "stooped to this level to sell tickets, to bring in someone who is not worthy of playing professional football."
For their part, the Argos are arguing that people do make mistakes and no one is perfect. Head Coach Mike Clemens noted that his team does not go out and show people how to behave; instead, his players make up any mistakes they have made by going out and making a difference in the community, trying to prevent people from making similar mistakes. This will be Williams' role off the field.
Andy Barrie brings up an interesting point which deals with how we view those who use Marijuana. In Canada (and this does not represent the opinions of all Canadians), we do not necessarily condemn because we view Marijuana as a less harmful drug compared to Cocaine or Crystal Meth. We understand that some people smoke because they are going through a tough medical condition or that they need a "vacation" from the daily stress. In the U.S., they view Marijuana as an extremely harmful drug. Americans (and this does not represent the opinions of all Americans)tend to put their "heroes" on gigantic pedestals. When these so-called heroes conduct activity such as drug use, it causes a moral panic. Therefore, it is understandable why Williams is not viewed in the kindest of lights.
In the meantime, the only real concern should be how Ricky Williams performs this year. Will he lead the Argos to the Grey Cup; or, will he be a complete bust in Canada? Time will tell.